Exercising break clauses in leases

by Kara Young on April 24, 2014

By Amy Ferraby-Green Exercising the break option in a commercial lease can be a minefield for tenants. The strict rule is that all requirements of the break clause should be met. Tenants often underestimate the need to comply strictly with the requirements of the clause and consequently there can be failure properly to exercise the [...]


Alienation (or dealing with your lease!)

by Kara Young on April 23, 2014

By Victoria Sandberg Alienation is the legal term for assigning, sub-letting, charging or otherwise dealing with a tenant’s interest in a lease of property. In a lease of commercial property, whether a tenant can do any of these is dependent on what the lease does or doesn’t say. In this blog we are looking at [...]


Draft of Private Rented Sector Code of Practice open for consultation

April 16, 2014

By Amy Ferraby-Green A draft of the Private Rented Sector Code of Practice has been prepared by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has been published for industry consultation. The Code of Practice has been prepared following the report of the Communities and Local Government Committee dealing with the quality and regulation of [...]

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Traditional partnerships: when things go wrong

April 11, 2014

Written by James Brawn Traditional partnerships are unique beasts. Whilst often (but not always) governed by a written agreement, the essence of a partnership is a continuing relationship, both personal and commercial, between partners who owe a duty of good faith to each other in relation to partnership dealings.  However, as with all relationships, partners [...]

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New law makes it harder to recover money from dishonest debtors

April 10, 2014

By Richard Hull Until recently, the default method of enforcing a court judgment as been to instruct a county court bailiff or High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) to call on the debtor and seize their goods for subsequent sale at auction.  Since the introduction earlier this month of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations that [...]

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The Silver Rebellion: Over 65s Cohabiting

April 8, 2014

By Rosalyn Workman Fell in love, married, divorced… fell in love again, married,… no, not this time.  More and more people are choosing not to remarry or not to marry at all, instead opting to cohabit.  The number of unmarried over-65s living together has risen by more than 40% in the last 8 years according [...]

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